Alice

Skirts, particularly short skirts worn low on the hips rather than above the hips on the waist look very outdated in my opinion.

It makes it look like schoolgirl's 90s P.E. skirt. Straight non-fitted/non-pleated skirts also look outdated, particularly if it's made of a thick non-flowy material. It looks like a petticoat to me. I think most skirts look trendy when the waistband is showing. As a short person, I don't wear midi skirts as it makes my legs look stumpy. That all said, whether a skirt looks good or not depends on the individual, her body shape/size, and the overall outfit.

At the moment, it seem like everything's "in".

Alice

What do you think about Romwe? I have watched them get more popular in the last couple of years and so I finally bought a bunch of Romwe stuff because... Well it is cheap. And I didn't feel like it was a big loss if I didn't like the stuff.

  • I was not paid or contacted by Romwe for this. I've just seen them mentioned on some of my favorite fashion blogs (through C/Os), so I figured it was worth a try.
  • I placed my order on 12/20 and received them today (12/29). I live in California and paid with PayPal. I received text messages from DHL updating me on the delivery time for my package. A friend who ordered the same day is still waiting - I've heard that shipping times vary a lot, so I was pleasantly surprised by the speed.
  • One thing that was hugely frustrating: Discounts do not stack. You will almost always see a retail price struck out with a sale price next to it. You can also easily find coupon codes for 40-60% off, but these take the discount off the retail price. I was pretty disappointed when I realized I had been looking at the wrong prices all along.
  • I used a 55% off coupon that I received by viewing my cart and then trying to close the window. (They had a little "don't go!" pop up showing coupon codes.) I've also heard of other people leaving items in their carts for a few days in order to get the codes. No idea if this will still work, but here are the codes I was shown. Edit: My friend tells me that the site doesn't check the price in your cart, so you can use the 60% coupon without having $189 of stuff.
  • Definitely pay attention to the size measurements on the site. They're not always accurate, but it's easy to forget that this is an Asian fashion store and being a M/L in American (or other Western) sizes doesn't translate well.
  • Overall: Would buy again!
Alice

Zella for the win!

I should probably elaborated for those of you who have never worn Zella. It's a great brand with long lasting product. The leggings and other pants and capris are great fitting and very flattering looking. The best part is, if they start to pill or the seam starts to fray (it almost never happens), then you are more than welcome to bring them back to Nordstrom and exchange them for a new pair for free!

I managed to ruin my expensive Underarmor leggings since I apparently can't have nice things and purchased these as a replacement. They have held up to some crazy abuse and many washes (with subsequent drying in my always too hot dryer) with no fading, pilling, noticeable shrinking or stretching out, or otherwise lessening of quality.

Plus they feel like they are lined with a cloud. With the thickness and medium stretch, yet they don't feel tight.

I may have purchased them too big, but I haven't noticed much of a "compression" quality other than they are thicker than most standard leggings and seemed a bit tighter than average at the ankles.

The material is of higher quality and pairs well with some of my nicer knit fabrics. I plan to invest in another pair, maybe two. I'm afraid they will go away and be gone forever!

Back in Columbus my cheap option that I likes for the winter are Target's fleece lined black leggings from Champion.

Alice

Take a cue from your coworkers. Professional but quirky is right for me!

What does your manager wear?

It's necessary to consider that even if to you their outfits appear boring, perhaps that is indicative of the culture of the office. The office on Parks and Rec isn't reminiscent of a corporate job at all.

In general, it's easier to have one quirky statement piece in an otherwise uniformly professional look. For example, ankle pants and sandals or other backless shoes were really not okay, but neon pink nail polish was - each office has a different culture, so be ready for what may seem like strange rules.

My philosophy is that if you stick with silhouettes that lean more professional, you can get away with more daring colors and patterns. For example, if you do a blazer and pencil skirt combo, you can probably get away with something colorful and quirky in your jewelry like a pair of loud geometric earrings or a chunky necklace. If you have a more unusual top in terms of shape, its better to keep the colors more business appropriate.

If you'd like to move up in a company, you should also remember that it's your skillset you want to be memorable, not your clothes.

While clothing can make a positive impression and be a fun means of self-expression, it can also make a negative impression, and depending on corporate culture, that's not necessarily something you want to risk. This information is valid for interview attire as well.

It seems like you have a pretty good idea for the direction you'd like to go. Without more information on the job, it's hard for us to judge if you're dressing appropriate for the situation, but remember that's really the paramount thing here.

You may want to consider that a lot of the items you posted that you enjoy are really trendy.

Trendy and "fewer, higher quality pieces" can tend to be conflicting ideas. There's nothing wrong with being trendy (assuming it's appropriate as discussed above) but if you're wearing the same loud print shirt every week, people may take note.

Finally, I think that animals do read as a little juvenile for a professional environment.

You might be able to get away with subtle animals like if they're small and repeating like polka dots like the fox shirt you linked, but a big animal on the front of something doesn't seem very professional to me, so I would vote no on the camel. However, you might be able to get away with a more prominent animal if it's part of a piece of jewelry, or a decoration on your handbag.

Jewelry pieces have more versatility too.

Alice

I would not wear polka dots to a funeral or wake - way too light hearted.

I've never heard of wearing white to these events - usually black, grey, navy, dark purple, etc. Something somewhat neutral and plain. No loud patterns.

A skirt that hits just above the knee with tights is fine.

But that is for you.

Honestly, it really depends on the deceased. I wore black to my great grandma's funeral because I didn't know any better. All of here friends showed up in brightly colored floral prints because they were part of her Rotary Club while others showed up like they'd just got off work. I wore a light blue (favorite color, wore it all the time) dress to my grandfather's funeral, something he would have loved. People showed up in black.

It's not about what people are wearing, it's about being there.

I've been to many services and it seems the most important thing is to dress nicely-- color or style wasn't really thought about. Funerals/services are about remembering and showing respect, so I feel like that's all one would need to take in concern when considering what their outfit will reflect.